A 70s Halloween Music Quiz
Being Halloween is coming up the last day of the month and some of you will be going to parties where there will be music, I thought I'd put together a little quiz about some 70s songs that might be on your DJ's Halloween hit list. See how many you get right.
1) The song '(Don't Fear) the Reaper' was featured in a sketch on Saturday Night Live on April 8, 2000. In it, the guest host portrayed the music producer Bruce Dickinson who wanted one of the 'band members' to give him more cowbell when they recorded the song. Who was the guest host?
A Bruce Willis
B Steve Martin
C Christopher Walken
D Peter Boyle
2) And in the same sketch, who portrayed the cowbell player Gene Frenkle?
A Will Ferrell
B Jimmy Fallon
C Dan Ackroyd
D Jeff Richards
3) In February 1973, The Edgar Winter Group came out with the monster instrumental hit 'Frankenstein.' Edgar Winter played some of the instruments featured on the song. What instrument didn't he play?
C Electric Guitar
4) Warren Zevon sang about the 'Werewolves of London' in 1978. In it, he relates the story of werewolves running rampant in the streets of that city. Which place were they not known to wander?
5) How did the main character of Black Sabbath's 1970 song 'Iron Man' turn to steel?
A He traveled through a magnetic field
B Someone threw him into a vat of molten iron
C Doctors constructed an iron suit for him after finding him near death
D He's a robot, entirely manmade
6) In 1973, Mike Oldfield composed the eerie instrumental 'Tubular Bells' which was the main theme of what movie?
B The Exorcist
C The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
7) In 1980 Jack Nicholson took his family to the Overlook Hotel for a writer's retreat. The movie was called 'The Shining' and the opening music is suitably somber. The main theme of that melody comes from somewhere else. Where?
A From a Black Sabbath song
B From the Latin hymn 'Dies Irae'
C From a Requiem by Lloyd Webber
D From an old children's song dating from the years of the Black Death in Europe
8) The Charlie Daniels Band even got in on some supernatural songplay when 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' came out in 1979. What was Johnny's prize if he won in the fiddle contest against Satan?
A More money than he ever dreamed of
B A chance to sign a record deal with a major studio
C A glimpse of his loved ones in Heaven
D A golden fiddle
9) In the mid-70s Fleetwood Mac recorded this song about a Welsh witch. What is the witch's name?
10) In this 1972 song by the Eagles, their 'Witchy Woman' has all but one of these. What doesn't she have?
A A silver spoon
B The moon in her eyes
C Raven hair
D A crystal ball on the table
The answers to 1) and 2) are C Christopher Walken and A Will Ferrell. The Saturday Night Live sketch of this song and its origins is well worth watching if you're a Will Ferrell fan. The catch phrase "More cowbell" is a culture classic.
The correct answer to 3) is C but I bet he could play it if he had to. There is a You Tube video of the group performing this song. Edgar Winter moves from synthesizer to drums to saxophone flawlessly. It is amazing to watch.
While Whitechapel was the famous haunts of Jack the Ripper, Warren Zevon's werewolves didn't hang out there. At least not in this song. If you answered B for 4), you were right.
The song 'Iron Man' in 5) isn't about the Marvel comic book hero but the song has been applied to him. While Tony Stark got his Iron Man persona from an implant and an iron suit a doctor designed and he modified, Black Sabbath's iron man passed through a magnetic field after trying to save the residents of Earth. The answer is A.
Only a small portion of the ten plus minutes of 'Tubular Bells' was used for the movie 'The Exorcist'. If your answer was B for 6), you're right.
There are much creepier things than the opening theme music for 'The Shining' (like Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny" when he peers in the gap of the door at Shelly Duvall after splintering it with an axe). The Latin liturgical collection contains the 'Dies Irae' which has been used by many composers, including Hector Berlioz in his 'Symphonie Fantastique' and Wendy Carlos in this opening score. B is the correct answer for 7).
I once heard a decent rendition of the fiddle music Charlie Daniels played during this song by a gal who was a music major at the university I was attending. She played for a country rock band but she had no golden fiddle, just a great amount of talent. If you guessed D for 8), you were right.
There is a You Tube video of Stevie Nicks singing about Rhiannon, the Welsh witch. C is the correct answer for 9).
If you didn't answer D for 10), 'the crystal ball on the table,' you have 'Devil Woman' and 'Witchy Woman' mixed up. Maybe Cliff Richard and Don Henley were acquainted with the same woman?
I hope you enjoyed this quiz and have time to look up these songs on You Tube.
Image Credit » Sandra L. Petersen